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Tea Party Convention highlights: What you missed

Couldn't shell out $549 for this weekend's Tea Party convention in Nashville? CSPAN is there with a video camera to help you get the gist.

Georgia's William Temple came dressed as Button Gwinnett, a Georgian signer of the Declaration of Independence from Temple's own state. In a historical reenactment-type voice, Temple said he was there to "encourage the dissolution of this tyrannical government and kick them all in the butt in 2010. What say ye?"

Temple also said he and all the other attendees would "give Sarah Palin a kiss." Gwinnett, incidentally, died in a duel with a political rival after losing an election.

Darr and Dorothy Moon of Idaho showed off the contents of their gift bags. Darr seemed disappointed that there was nothing to actually hold tea.

And a vendor from Virginia presented his most popular T-shirts. He said he was inspired to sell Tea Party clothing when he saw products at rallies that weren't U.S.-made. "It's like the autoworker, after he's done striking, goes to WalMart and buys a bunch of stuff from China. It's kind of a contradiction."

And here's country singer Lisa Mei singing the Palin tribute she performed at the convention, "Change you won't regret." It contains more biographical information than you might expect.

By Rachel Weiner  |  February 5, 2010; 2:20 PM ET
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What a sorry as**d article. Is this what the Post has come to? Making fun of people they do not agree with. Why don't you also show pictures of the characters and their costumes of the Dem Convention? This is sad for the Washington Post.

Posted by: emyers12345
Hey emyers, don't blame WAPO for pointing out the idiocy of the baggers.. baggers can dish it out but can't take it.. making fun of the baggers is now an international pastime or haven't you noticed?

Posted by: VietVet68 | February 7, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

There were highlights?

Posted by: Watcher1 | February 7, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Did any crosses get burned?

Posted by: shawncrisp2 | February 7, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Did any crosses get burned?

Posted by: shawncrisp2 | February 7, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Teabaggers are mostly White and over 50 ...

Who are non-college whites, Lost & Resentful in Multicultural 21st Century America ...

Preferring someone like Eisenhower or Reagan to Return to white-controlled traditional values American authoritarian society.

They are Anti-Democratic relics of bygone times. Perhaps they should Wear Brown shirts... and more clearly reveal their neo-fascist beliefs?

And Palins? What a Joke!
Palins Did Not Pay property taxes on two cabins in Alaska?

And Todd's Sister sentenced to 15 months in Jail for robbing Wasila homes for Drug Habit?

And "First Dude" a member of Alaska Separation from United States Party, a self-employed "professionsl snomobiler" Who Actually Ran Governors Office For Ditsy Sarah ?

Posted by: rmcnicoll | February 7, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

For a Man that Loves Islamist Terrorist, President Obama Has Killed a Lot Of Muslim Terrorist in the Past Year and 2 Weeks, as President.

1. Increased Drone Attacks and Successfully Killed More Muslim Leaders and Terrorist, than the 8 Years of George W.Bush & Dick Cheney.

2. Increased Troops in Afghanistan: Early 2009 [22,000] & Additional [35,000] More Troops To Afghanistan.

3. Successful Drone Attacks in Pakistan, Yemen, Afghanistan and Somalia.


Yet Do You Hear Fox news, Republican Hate Radio and their Followers List These Successful Missions ...

Hell No !!

Yes Sireee

For a President that Loves Muslim Terrorist, He has Surely Killed a Large Number of Muslim Terrorist...

He's Killed So Many Muslim Terrorist that Indonesia, has Taken His Statue Down, after Accounting for The Many Drone Attacks On Muslim Terrorist Around The World.

Posted by: omaarsblade | February 7, 2010 1:50 AM | Report abuse

The essence of Palin's speech can be summed up in two words:

Moose droppings.

Posted by: labman57 | February 6, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Why is the Washington Post covering these folks?

The Teabaggers are nothing more than a fake grassroots movement ginned up by Freedom Works and other corporate front groups. They do not offer any serious proposals to solve our country's problems, but instead focus on insane conspiracy theories that President Obama is a Kenyan socialist fascist, fabricated claims that health care reform would create "death panels," and support for Sarah "I can't name a newspaper I read" Palin.

Last fall, Freedom Works managed to organize approximately 60,000 people to attend a rally in Washington D.C. and it was given wall-to-wall coverage by the media. Three weeks later, 70,000 people rallied in D.C. in support of gay marriage, yet the media ignored them. The year before, 500,000 people rallied in Chicago, and hundreds of thousands more rallied throughout the country in favor of immigrant rights, but the media buried the story. In 2002 and 2003, hundreds of thousands of people rallied against President Bush's unnecessary invasion of Iraq, yet the media ignored them.

I understand that the Post and the rest of the media feels the need to do the bidding of their conservative owners. But their willingness to let our political discourse be dictated by a small group of misinformed Teabaggers is doing a disservice to the entire country.

Posted by: ShannoF | February 6, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Against big government, taxes? Tea baggers? Their leadership are the ones taking the most tax dollars from you. Armey, as Speaker set records for special interest spending. Palin set records for using Federal Tax Dollars to fund Wasilla, then Alaska. Who are these stupid people?

Posted by: u2canfail | February 6, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

"Button Gwinnett" imagines himself a planter on a Georgia plantation with many slaves, I suspect.

Posted by: query0 | February 5, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Thamks Judith, I forgot. It will not happen again.

Posted by: jmdziuban1 | February 5, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Do we want these folks in charge of anything?

Posted by: patisok | February 5, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

.Shhh.... Be nice to China....China paid for the American War in Iraq so no taxes had to be very nice to China...maybe we won't have to pay.....Shhh.

Posted by: judithclaire1939 | February 5, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

"It's like the autoworker, after he's done striking, goes to WalMart and buys a bunch of stuff from China. It's kind of a contradiction."

The problem being the unconciounable "free trade" pacts, which concerned themselves only with allowing American manufacturing jobs to be shipped overseas for cheap labor, and then being able to import these products back to America tariff free. Nothing much is made in America anymore. How much of America's industrial base has dissappeared sinc Reagan? The mega-corporations got their's by hanging the working middle-class out to dry.

Posted by: jmdziuban1 | February 5, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

It's spelled "decent." Let's hope our new Tea Party masters have better governing skills than their English skills suggest

Posted by: sheehanjc | February 5, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Well, just keep laughing. Only 14% of you support a New World Order dictatorship. Those that smoke too much weed can be in denial all you want. It is the descent freedom loving people that belong to the tea parties. They are the real Americans.

Posted by: MonicaS1 | February 5, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Palin will be the Fox party's mascot. As governor she grabbed more handouts from the federal government per capital than any other states'.
Where were these conservative penny pinchers during the profligate Bush years? Were they organizing anything then? The Fox Political Party is working for the corporations, not the voters, but there is nothing a conservative hates more than someone trying to explain what's good for them. even if they are right.
They would rather listen to the illogical rantings of Glenn Beck and dream of the time when they once again steer the titanic, despite the fact that the ship is still sinking because of their former captain.

Posted by: seemstome | February 5, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Only C-Span I hope would 'dare' to bring this to the larger public. But its clear that's not going to be case.

As someone mentioned before if this convention was planned by the Socialist Party of America, whoever they are, no one from traditional media, would take time to report back to us.

But with Sarah as Keynote-- that changes the picture? Baffled by the media at times. Two sets of rules.

Yes, we must accept as fact, that some Sarah's are sitting in the Editor's chair at WP. And have more influence than he/she should.

Move the jounalists to the forefront. The sensationlists to the back, please. All this coverage --about "Style over Substance." Media in the twenty-first century." Unbelievable! http://www.

Posted by: Victoria5 | February 5, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

I'm assuming that since Button Gwinnett was a Georgia planter he owned slaves. Did William Temple bring some black people to the Tea Party convention to play them, too?

And to those commenters complaining about the Post's coverage, get over it. The Tea Partiers have real influence in the Republican Party and until the GOP has its Sister Soulja moment and tells them off, the coverage will continue. But until then expect the coverage to be mocking and derisory because, let's face it, these Tea Partiers are nutcases.

Posted by: simpleton1 | February 5, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Is this supposed to be a news report? It seems like a rant from the Daily Kos. At least have the courtesy to describe an event prior to making fun of it!

Posted by: rtatlow | February 5, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

If the socialist party in the United States held a convention, wold the media shower them with attention? Or anarchists? Or any niche extremist political movement?

The Tea Partiers are an out of touch segment of the Republican party that has no viable future.

Posted by: parkerfl1 | February 5, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: rooster54 | February 5, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

beyond the spectacle, is there some reason the Post is giving a gathering of 600 people this much coverage? my goodness, you'd think this "convention" was a gathering of thousands, the way it's being written about.

Posted by: DCguy7 | February 5, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

What a sorry as**d article. Is this what the Post has come to? Making fun of people they do not agree with. Why don't you also show pictures of the characters and their costumes of the Dem Convention? This is sad for the Washington Post.

Posted by: emyers12345 | February 5, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

The Tea Party movement reminds me of a live-action 3D Gary Larson cartoon.

Posted by: steveboyington | February 5, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Good grief...I couldn't even make past the first two bars of that song. Seriously cringe-worthy.

Posted by: RambleOn | February 5, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

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